Though they may have come from different musical places and disciplines, the four members of SayLovey have arrived together under a common love for the sound of classic jazz. And arrive they have. This quartet has established a sound of its own by a tried-and-true method: hard work and lots of practice. Fronted by the sweet, lissome vocal style of Jessie Bryan and countered by the lush guitar tone of Nick Haas, SayLovey have brought their special twist on classic jazz to places you would expect it, like the Dakota Jazz Club and the Guthrie, and places you might not, like the Nomad World Pub and Lee’s Liquor Lounge.
SayLovey started out 2009 with a new CD, appropriately titled Such Is Life. The recording is a memoriam to Bryan’s brother, Johnny, who was killed in a car accident in May 2008. Included are five Haas/Bryan originals, a few tasty traditional gems, and a reworking of “Aquarela do Brasil,” which gives bassist Jill Bartyzal and drummer BT Hanson a chance to stretch out a bit. Implied but underrepresented here is the band’s darker side. Arrangements of songs like Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love” and Shivaree’s “Goodnight Moon” (from the closing credits to Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill) showcase the moodier side of the quartet.